The trained and certified driving instructors at Racing Box instill their passion for motorsports in people through patient, thorough driving instruction. They teach visitors to properly control the muscle of international supercars such as the Ferrari F430 F1, Lamborghini Gallardo, and Aston Martin, as well as Formula 1 racecars, at four driving circuits across the country. Driver and instructor swap seats and friendship bracelets during each session, mixing observational learning with hands-on driving time on racetracks measuring up to 2.5 miles in length.
Just as the Louvre refuses to update the Mona Lisa, Signature Car Collection's fleet of luxury vehicles sticks to the proven European classics. The badges of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, and Bentley adorn the hoods of the stylish rides, all of which are available to rent for weddings or special occasions. Occasionally, the cars also roll out onto professional raceways to give amateur drivers a chance to experience the thrill of accelerating down the straightaway knowing that a family of turtles could need to cross at any moment.
The 483-horsepower V8 engine roars in front of you as you shift gears, and the speedometer climbs over 150 miles per hour. Gliding down the straightaway, you grip the wheel of a Ferrari F430. You don't need to buy your own exotic car to experience this adrenaline rush: American Racing Experience connects visitors with a similar emprise on four major raceways across the United States. At scheduled times at the Motorspeedway in Atlanta, Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania, Summit Point Motorsports Park in West Virginia, and Adams Mortorsports Park in Los Angeles, they brief drivers on the handling and controls of sleek Ferraris and V10 engine-powered, six-speed Lamborghini Gallardos. After preparing visitors for the upcoming track with a lap in a pace car, instructors slip into the passenger seat—letting their guests take the wheel for a driving experience more extreme than some TV show set on an island.
One gym can hardly contain Master Solomon Brenner's martial-arts expertise, which is why his school—Action Karate—has expanded to 13 different locations. Brenner believes that the martial arts are a lifelong pursuit, so he takes on students aged 3–93.
His classes for kids blend fitness with self-discipline, whereas his classes for adults focus on toning exercises and self-defense. Not all of his classes involve combat; some dedicate entire hours to pure strength training or cool-pose striking. He and his staff also host birthday parties for kids, which include fun martial-arts instruction, games, and a ceremonial slicing of birthday cake with a samurai sword.
Since 1979, the staff of 24-7 Fitness Clubs has made it their mission to obliterate any barriers keeping their members from working out. Each club is open 24 hours a day year-round, with free childcare available during specific times of day. That commitment to availability helps even the busiest people find time to hop on Nautilus and Cybex strength-training circuits, StairMasters, and other equipment. Group fitness classes get students sweating as they execute punches in Turbo Kick cardio-kickboxing sessions or dance to Zumba's Latin-inspired workouts. Full-body boot-camp workouts are also available, mixing in calisthenics, strength training, and agility drills to continuously challenge bodies. All of the clubs’ personal trainers hold bachelor's degrees in health-related fields and have national certifications from accredited organizations, unlike less qualified trainers certified by arcade arm-wrestling machines.
After their workouts, members can unwind in the whirlpool, sauna, or steam rooms, then drop off their free rental towels for cleaning. For sports lovers, the Allentown location also boasts basketball, volleyball, squash, and badminton courts, as well as 11 outdoor and 8 indoor tennis courts.
Curious dive dabblers can test the waters with a Try Scuba Diving class ($40) that takes intrepid explorers into the pool to try out Lehigh Valley’s equipment and determine if life in a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus brings them uncontained joy. Cousteau-copying Groupon holders can also opt for classes such as the Open Water course (up to $340, including equipment and fees), which teaches diving basics during at least three full pool sessions, two lake sessions, and one tête-à-tête with an opinionated kraken.